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  • Caitlin Cavarra Raymond, PT, DPT, OCS

๐—œ ๐——๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ปโ€™๐˜ ๐—ž๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ฃ๐—ต๐˜†๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฉ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ผ!!

Updated: Aug 20, 2021

๐—ฉ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ผ is a dizzy sensation where either you feel like you are spinning or the world around you is spinning. It can be difficult to remain upright, you may feel nauseous,out of balance or โ€œoffโ€.


vertigo, dizziness, physical therapy

๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ป ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜…๐˜†๐˜€๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ผ (๐—•๐—ฃ๐—ฃ๐—ฉ) is one of the most common types of vertigo, in which otoconia (inner ear crystals) get dislodged in one of the semicircular canals in the inner ear.



physical therapy, dizziness, BPPV, vertigo
Inner Ear Canal

This causes your brain to get different information from the nerves of one ear than the other creating the dizziness or spinning sensations you may feel during certain head movements. The sensation typically lasts less than 1 minute.


๐˜œ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ด ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฏ, ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ:

  • Trauma to the head

  • Infection

  • Meniereโ€™s disease

  • Aging


I often see this in people who may be changing their head position frequently such as going from standing to lying down in a workout class, bending over with their head upside down, looking up, looking down at their phone or computer.


PTs are trained to evaluate your vestibular system and will assess your eye movement, balance, and positional tests. Typically if one of the positional tests is positive for BPPV, your PT will treat you right then and perform a maneuver that will move the crystals from the semicircular canal back into the inner ear. This typically will completely get rid of your vertigo! There may be other exercises for your eye and head movement to further clear any symptoms up, but ๐™›๐™ง๐™ค๐™ข ๐™ข๐™ฎ ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™ž๐™š๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š ๐™ž๐™› ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ช๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™ž๐™š๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐˜ฝ๐™‹๐™‹๐™‘ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก ๐™œ๐™š๐™ฉ 90% ๐™ค๐™ง ๐™œ๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง ๐™ง๐™š๐™จ๐™ค๐™ก๐™ซ๐™š๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ.


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